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Characters / Runaways

This is the list of characters from the Marvel comic book series Runaways.

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    The Original Team 

Alex Wilder
Who says that books are for ne-rds?
"If [being an adult] means turning into the people who raised us...I hope I ''die'' before I get old."

The leader of the group, he possesses no super-human powers, but his keen intellect and his possession of his parents' Abstract make him a formidable strategist. His parents were mob bosses who ran the more traditional criminal ring of the Pride, with prostitution, drugs, murder, and whatnot. He is introduced while playing an Avengers MMORPG and has an affinity for classic television series, and begins to bond with Nico when he learns that she enjoyed the copy of The Prisoner that he had lent her. He is the most vocal of the group in their need to oppose their parents.

At the end of the first story-arc it is revealed that Alex has been working against the group the whole time. He had discovered the nature of their parents activities a year ago and, instead of being repulsed, decided to help his parents. He discovered that the Deans and Hayes, the two non-human couples of the Pride, were planning to betray the rest of the group so that they and their children would live in paradise, instead of all the adults surrendering their positions to their children. Alex manipulated the rest of the kids into discovering the nature of their parents as part of his plan to defeat the machinations of the Deans and Hayes, and betrayed the runaways in their final confrontation with the Pride. However, ultimately, Alex and the Pride as a whole were defeated by the runaways and he was killed in the battle. Later issues reveal that he is now trapped in The Nothing After Death, and is attempting to earn his way out by helping the runaways back on Earth by passing messages to Molly. Has been announced to be apparently resurrected in Avengers Undercover.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "Very smart, natural leader, in need of a father figure. Male, African-American, must play 16-18"
  • The Atoner: Presumably to correct his past actions, he helps the team stop Chase from trying to sacrifice himself to bring back Gert.
  • Badass Normal: He does not have any super powers or useful gadgets like the others, but makes up his lack of powers by using his intelligence.
  • Black and Nerdy: One of the most intelligent members of the team.
  • Black Dude Dies First: He's the first member of the team to get killed.
  • The Chessmaster: The team's strategist. Ultimately revealed to be a Manipulative Bastard, as he is a traitor who sided with the Pride.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's initially set up to be the main character of the series as a whole, until it turns out that he was The Mole for the Pride and he's killed off not long after this is revealed. After that, there's no real main protagonist in the team, though Nico does get slightly more focus since she takes over as leader.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Was completely unaware that his parents and the rest of the Pride were fighting the Illuminati in his house. To be fair, he had headphones on and was playing video games at the time, but still.
  • Pop-Cultured Badass: He is quite knowledgeable about the other Super-Heroes, and is also:
  • The Strategist: He pretty much controls the team's actions. Becomes a Mole in Charge when his true allegiance is revaled.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy. He orchestrated the entire first run to make his parents proud and show them he was an adult. When the Gibborim come across him in The Nothing After Death, he admits he can relate to them - they didn't want to be monsters, they just wanted to make their father proud.

Gertrude Yorkes (Codename: Arsenic)
Here's a girl with a big and sharp mouth... and Old Lace
"I've known our parents were evil since I was five. This perverted little gathering just confirms it."

Like Alex, she has no real powers, but her Time Travelling parents left her a very special inheritance: A genetically engineered, psychic dinosaur named Old Lace, who follows her every command. Unlike the rest of the group, Gertrude and Nico had been close friends for years and spent time together beyond the once-a-year Pride meetings, and she often serves as a voice of reason and (relative) maturity for the group. Forward-thinking even as a child, Nico recounts that when they were little kids Gert once took all of Nico's pony dolls and hid them in the woods, explaining that they deserved to be free.

Near the conclusion of the first story-arc she begins to develop romantic feelings for Chase, who reciprocates, and they become a couple for the remainder of their time together. She is self-conscious about her appearance, being shorter than average and slightly over-weight, but how this is portrayed varies by the artist. It is revealed that, in the future, Gertrude will become a super-hero named "Heroine," and will become leader of The Avengers until she is killed by Victorious (see "Victor" below). However, due to the actions of her future self the timeline has been changed, and Gertrude instead died while still a young runaway. Dying in Chase's arms, she transferred telepathic control of Old Lace to him.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "Chubby oddball, smart and verbal. Female, must play 16-18"

Karolina Dean (Codename: Lucy In The Sky)
Girl power!
"I wish we'd never learned about any of this! I was much happier being kept in the dark! I...I hope our parents do kill us now! I...I...I can fly? I CAN FLY!"

Karolina at first appears to be a clichéd Valley Girl child of celebrity parents (tall, blond, attractive, and always fighting for "a cause"), but she is actually the most confused and internally conflicted member of the group. After discovering the nature of the Pride, Karolina learns that she is an alien from the planet Majesdane, which had exiled her parents to Earth for criminal activities. Solar powered, she also gained the power to fire energy blasts from her hands and generate forcefields. The revelation that she is not even human, along with more personal crises of identity, lead to severe depression, although her newfound ability to fly does provide her with some joy.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "Conventionally beautiful, with an unchecked ego. Female, must play 15-18"
  • Badass Gay: Her being a lesbian doesn't stop her from having awesome powers and using them later on in the series.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Karolina has worn many outfits like this, especially when Adrian Alphona is the artist.
  • Covers Always Lie: Similar to the Gert example above, one of the covers by Jo Chen depicts her flying in her de-powered form, which she is unable to do. (Again, the art looks very nice, but doesn't add up with the character's abilities).
  • Depending on the Artist: No two colorists can really agree on how Karolina looks powered-up. The first run had the colors and intensity vary wildly from panel to panel. Colorists on actual Runaways-titled books tend to follow the example set by Christina Strain in volume two: a set palette of bright blue, pink, and yellow, with glitter effects, though the positioning of the colors shift from panel to panel. However, when Karolina appears outside of her home book, in crossovers or guest appearances, it's more or less a free-for-all. Avengers Academy, S.W.O.R.D. and several covers portray her glow as something that just extends from her back, rather than encompassing her entire body.
  • Driven to Suicide: She tries to commit suicide-by-vampire (in exchange for Molly being spared, but still) during the Teenage Wasteland arc. She gets better by the end of the first volume.
  • Driving Stick: Karolina has her driver's licence, but cannot drive a stick shift. Hilarity Ensues (and much cursing about the impossibility of stick shifts) when she has to drive Chase's van.
  • Flight: Her alien powers allows her to fly.
  • Flying Firepower: Her basic power set.
  • Human Aliens: Is virtually indistinguishable from a human girl, unless she powers up.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: The revelation that she is not even human, along with more personal crises of identity, lead to severe depression. She even prefers to tell people she is a mutant than admit she is an alien.
  • Light 'em Up: That suicide-by-vampire mentioned above? It kills the vampire. Her blood is essentially the same as sunlight.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She's one of the most feminine members of the group. That doesn't stop her from liking other girls.
  • The Heart: Chase definitely thinks of her in this role, pointing out how everyone was that much worse to each other when she was temporarily Put on a Bus.

Chase Stein (Codename: Talkback)
Bring on the Pride! Bring on the police! Bring on the social services! Or, better, bring on the superheroines.
"Hey, I may not be book smart, but I am street smart."
"Which street? Sesame...?"

Chase is the third normal human in the group. His Mad Scientist parents had a number of inventions, which he puts to good use over time, but he mostly serves as the group's wheel-man (or, you know, giant robot frog-man). His relationship with his parents was much more hostile and confrontational than he rest of the group, and he takes their newfound homelessness in stride. He serves as the heart of the team, as well as much of the early comic relief, but he has a real mean streak which pops up from time to time.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "A rebel, ignores rules and authority, wounded inside. Male, must play 16-18"
  • Abusive Parents: The original group all had supervillains for parents, but his were the only ones who treated him this way, and his father was once seen hitting him for getting a "C" in his studies.
  • Badass Normal: He doesn't have super powers, but he is able to utilize his parents' inventions to be an effective fighter.
  • Book Dumb: Chase gets straight C's and has the lowest general knowledge of the group, but is quite street smart, and more than capable of cobbling together simple, yet effective plans, under pressure.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When he had the fistigons, he had a thing for saying "Flame on!"
  • Counterpart Comparison: Receives this in-universe twice, first time from Doctor Doom, who says he reminds him of Johnny Storm. Second time is from Spider-Man, who wonders if he doesn't have cousin named Flash.
  • Dislikes The New Guy: Chase is initially very hostile towards Victor after he joins the team, because Victor is possibly fated to become the supervillain Victorious, who kills Chase's girlfriend Gert in the future. They later become good friends.
  • Dr. Fakenstein: His parents, Victor and Janet Stein. Chase himself is a subversion.
  • Dumb Jock: When the series starts, it's established that he's clearly more invested in lacrosse than he is in his studies. Other characters frequently remark how ironic it is that two Mad Scientist parents would have a Dumb Jock son.
  • How Dare You Die on Me!: He goes kind of crazy after Gert's death. At his lowest, he considers sacrificing an innocent stranger to the Gibborim in order to bring her back. When he realizes that he doesn't have it in him, he tries to sacrifice himself instead.
  • Incompatible Orientation: He has a very obvious crush on Karolina at the beginning of the series, but it later turns out that she's a lesbian.
  • Hidden Depths: He presents himself as a slacker with no ambition besides lacrosse, but the poor guy has issues.
  • The Kid with the Remote Control: He, too, has a telepathic bond with Old Lace. After Gert's death, that is
  • Knife Nut: Chase is very fond of his switchblade.
  • Multiple-Choice Past: He made up stories to justify the way his parents treated him and ended up believing some of them. Even he's not quite sure which bits are real anymore.
  • The One Guy: Very briefly, in between Alex's death and Victor's introduction.
  • Opposites Attract: With Gert. He's a hot-blooded, fun-loving Book Dumb, while she's a Deadpan Snarker Badass Bookworm
  • Playing with Fire: The Fistigons, gauntlets stolen from his parents' lab. They're destroyed when Alex tries to use them against the team, but he finds some more of his parents' tech in Volume 3.

Nico Minoru (Codename: Sister Grimm)
Never mess with a den mother.
"I'm not a leader. I'm a den mother. And not a very good one."

Nico was a normal Goth teenager when everything kicked off. Imagine her surprise to find out that her parents were dark sorcerers, and she has inherited their powers. During their escape, she absorbs her parent's magic staff, "The Staff of One". It allows her to do anything, cast any spell she can think of, but each spell only works once. To summon the staff, her blood must be spilled - she carries a small knife to for just that purpose (which she detests, since she is not, and never has been, a cutter), but does not always need to use it. Her powers are only limited by her imagination. It is implied throughout the series that the staff is only the tip of the iceberg of her power, and she might be able to control magic without it one day; after being tortured by her great-grandmother, the Witchbreaker, this seems to be coming true. She becomes the leader of the group after Alex's death.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "Uniquely beautiful, nurturing but guarded. Female, Asian-American, must play 16-18"
  • Ambiguously Bi: She is depicted as being attracted to guys, but has a lot of Ship Tease with her Lipstick Lesbian friend, Karolina (especially under later writers). It's also implied she was initially jealous of Xavin, Karolina's girlfriend.
  • Blood Upgrade: The Staff of One only appears when Nico is bleeding.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "When blood is shed, let the Staff of One emerge." This seems to be involuntary.
  • Combat Stilettos: She actually used them against Victor.
  • Costume Porn: Many of the outfits she wears (and her team members) were made by her, and apparently she did this before they all went on the run but only for herself. She also has this reaction to the outfits of the civilians in 1907.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: The Staff of one can cast any spell once. To preserve drama, many writers have Nico having cast a potentially useful spell off screen. Though later power ups and creative wording write arounds do appear, many writers forget them.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: She wears lace, puffy skirts, and frilly clothes.
  • Ethnic Magician: Averted. Her and her parents have magical powers, but it's not linked in any way to them being Japanese and her powers actually have more in common with European styles of magic.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Karolina is definitely attracted to her. And so were Alex, Victor, and (presumably) Chase.
  • The Fashionista: A gothic version of this trope, since she likes to make her own clothes and they're all gothic in some way.
  • Flight: Nico gains the ability to fly after Witchbreaker untaps her magical powers.
  • Green Lantern Ring: The Staff of One can be used to conjure practically anything (resurrection is an exception), although each spell can only be used once — and if Nico wants to perform a similar magic, she must use a different phrasing of the word.
  • Goth Girls Know Magic: Played with — her magic-wielding parents pretended to be hyper-sensitive Christians who greatly disapproved of her new look. They ended up giving her her powers by stabbing her with the Staff of One.
  • Hot Witch: She is one attractive magic user.
  • It Only Works Once: Any incantation she uses. Using the same words twice results in a Random Effect Spell.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: Non-romantic version if you exclude the members of the group she has a crush on.
  • Lady of Black Magic: She wears elegant and elaborate Gothic clothing and uses the Staff of One to cast magic. She becomes a much more powerful witch after Witchbreaker tortures her.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: Initially averted. Nico's blood summons the staff, but anyone who took it from her could use it. Although this is no longer possible after she Took a Level in Badass, and if anyone else tries to use the staff, it will eat them.
  • Perky Goth: Especially since a flashback to a year before the series begins shows that she dressed more or less normally, and even wore glasses, suggesting that her more gothic style of dress was something she took up recently. The "perky" part starts to become more downplayed the more she goes through over the course of the series.
  • Raised Catholic: She has a strange relationship with her Catholicism: she seems to look back on it fondly, but the fact that her parents were trying to raise her to be a good Catholic while being terrible criminals unnerves her. She's functionally non-religious, but turns back to her faith for comfort and security, something she bonds over with Victor.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Though Nico is not attracted to girls, she gets very touchy-feely with her lesbian friend Karolina.
  • Sex for Solace: Though not sex specifically, she has a nasty habit of reaching out for relationships (and kisses) when she feels stressed. She's done this with Victor and Chase - twice. This may also have been the case with her relationship with Alex.
  • Ship Tease: On-again, off-again with Karolina. Vol. 3 issue ten goes a little nuts with this.
  • Team Mom: Takes over as the team's leader after Alex's death, and frequently monitors the budget and allowances for the others.
  • The Hero: Once the team reformed after Alex's death, although she doesn't think of herself as one.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Whatever the Witchbreaker did to her has affected her powers in ways that have yet to be fully explored. The most dramatic example is how the Staff of One reacts to people: before, anyone could try to use it. Now, if anyone besides Nico so much as touches it, it EATS them.
  • Try Not to Die: The Catch phrase she devises for the team.
  • Two First Names: The name "Minoru" is strictly a given name in Japan.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: Nico can use the Staff of One to create any magical effect she can describe (usually in one or two words). However, each description can only be used once.

Molly Hayes (Codenames: Princess Powerful, Bruiser)
"I'm a mutant but not a bad one like Magneto a good one like Doop and the X-Statix and when I grow up I'm gonna join the X-Men and get married to Wolverine so you better not act prejudiced around me. 'Kay?"

The youngest member of the group, 11-year-old Molly's parents were mutants. They thought she did not inherit the X-Gene from them, but during their escape her eyes glow an eerie pink and she gains super strength. She has limited invulnerability and super strength, but using these abilities are extremely tiring and can only be sustained for a short time before she requires a nap (though this no longer seems to apply as of volume 3). Serving as the voice of innocence and child-like good-nature, numerous characters nonetheless explain that Molly is much more intelligent and mature than she appears, but she hides it well.

The casting call for the movie specifies: "An innocent, wide-eyed and overprotected. Female, must play 8-10"
  • Amazonian Beauty: Her future counterpart as seen in the Battle of the Atom crossover.
  • Ascended Fangirl: Shown both in her original crush on Wolverinenote  and in her visit to the X-Men in Vol 3 #10, where throughout the tour she (again) slips into overexcited motormouth mode.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Or anything with enough sugar to fuel her powers. Nico once magically gave her enough of a sugar rush to topple a giant.
  • Mutant: Her powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men.
  • Nice Hat: Despite being on the run, she manages to have a whole collection of adorable hats. Xavin lampshades it.
    • She presumeably gets them from Nico who sewed them together for her or the same Infinite Supplies budget the Runaways all have.

    Later Members 

Victor Mancha
"You're a villain, and your ringtone is stupid."
"You don't know what you're talking about, little girl! That's a Rick Jones song!"

An Ordinary High-School Student who the team basically kidnaps after a visitor from the future tells them that he will grow up to become a Big Bad called Victorius, who will murder all of the superheroes in the world. He joins the team to learn about himself and (hopefully) prevent himself from becoming what everybody fears.
  • Adorkable: Turbo called him "charmingly fanboyish".
  • Anime Hair: Depending on the Artist, this can range from mild to completely ridiculous.
  • Ascended Fanboy: In the original timeline this is what led to the Bad Future: Victor becomes the Avenger Victorious and kills all other superheroes. In the main timeline he does partake in heroics, but it isn't until Hank Pym recruits him for his team in Avengers A.I. that he becomes a fully-fledged Avenger.
  • Cool Big Bro: Not only has this dynamic with Molly once he joins the team, but with Klara as well. It sometimes has shades of Big Brother Instinct.
  • Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: Victor was first introduced as a teenaged boy who was fated to become Gert's mortal nemesis when he grew up. He was shown to be highly intelligent and powerful enough to fight off the rest of the team. After the Runaways managed to change his fate, he ultimately became the love interest to the team leader Nico. Since then, Victor's importance and power diminished considerably: e.g. he got outwitted by Chase, the least intelligent member of the team (who had also temporarily turned against his former teammates.) And then, after Nico dumped him, he spent the rest of the series doing almost nothing except ineffectually pining after her.
  • Genius Bruiser: It's easy to forget, since he mainly sticks to his long-range abilities, but he's definitely super-strong. One time a villain called the Swarm threw a mailbox at him, and he effortlessly punched it out of the way, flattening it in the process.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Since his Mexican mother raised him he often utters exclamations in the language.
  • Fake Memories: His entire life up until a few years ago is one big fake memory. He's actually younger than Molly, and what he remembers of his childhood and teenage years are all fabrication.
  • Future Me Scares Me and Evil Me Scares Me: He's never actually met his Bad Future self, but the idea is more than enough to scare him.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Part human, part robot His "father" is freaking Ultron.
  • Logic Bomb: He was programmed to be both spiritual and logical, so something that contradicts one while supporting the other, e.g. "Could God make a sandwich so big even He couldn't finish it?" causes him to freak out and shut down. Chase mentions that he has about three statements left that could make him do this, and each one only works once.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long-ish hair and is the most attractive boy in the group.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Zigzagged. First it looks like Dr. Doom is his dad, having had a one-night-stand with his mother when she was on a trip in Latveria. Then the villain turns out to be a robot, and not one made by Dr. Doom. Ultron then shows up and explains that he is Victor's dad, and created him in an effort to make a sleeper agent who could bring down the Avengers; the Dr. Doom backstory was his idea of a false origin story for Victor that would set his plans back on track despite the Runaways' interference.
  • Nice Guy: Victor is a pretty down to earth, easy going, calm and friendly guy most of the time
  • One of Us: In-Universe example. Comes tied with his Adorkable traits. He's a pretty big superhero fan and a avid video game player
  • Orphan's Ordeal: His dad killed his mom and revealed his origins, leading him to join the Runaways.
  • Raised Catholic: Ultron mentions his mother was very devout, and it goes along with his programming to be spiritual. He's more comfortable with it than Nico is, asking if he can pray with her at one point.
  • The Smart Guy: He's very good with machines and computers. Possibly because he is one.
  • Selective Magnetism: His electromagnetic powers.
  • Shock and Awe: Again, electromagnetism.
  • So Proud of You: During the team's crossover with Avengers Academy, Hank Pym lets him know that all of his regrets over creating Ultron are worth it, because if he hadn't created Ultron, then Ultron wouldn't have created Victor.
  • Tangled Family Tree: As Ultron's "son", he's related to half the Marvel Universe, including three of the Young Avengers.
  • Technopath: To an extent.
  • Teen Genius: Due to being a computer, he is far more knowledgeable about trivia than Gert.
  • Twofer Token Minority: "My mom was Mexican, you racist dipstick. My dad was a machine!"
  • Tykebomb: Originally created to destroy the Avengers from the inside.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: It's heavily implied that his hacking some random computer was responsible for the accident that killed Old Lace.
  • Younger Than They Look: As mentioned above, despite looking the same age as Nico and the others, he's actually younger than Molly.


"Only one word befits such an opponent: outstanding."
Xavin reacts a little differently than the others to a Kaiju tearing up LA.

A Shapeshifting Super Skrull in training from the Planet Tarnax VII. Being a Skrull, for whom changing shape (and gender) is of no more importance or difficulty than changing the color of your hair, Xavin is sometimes male and sometimes female. He/She (even the characters become confused over the proper pronouns to use) possesses all the powers of the Fantastic Four (though not nearly on the same level as them) and joins the team as the result of a bargain made long ago between his and Karolina's parents.
  • Abusive Parents: X's parents are both dead, but what little we hear of them suggests this.
    "My father killed a family of screaming Majesdanians in front of me when I was five. I cried so, I was left with the corpses for three days."
  • Action Girl: When shapeshifted into a female form.
  • Arranged Marriage: Karolina's parents sold out their own home planet to the Skrulls after being exiled from it, and offered them K's hand in marriage as a bargaining chip. While both Xavin's and Karolina's parents are dead, Xavin attempted to use this as a way to end the war. Despite both their efforts, it didn't take.
  • Barrier Warrior Xavin has Sue Storm's power to create invisible barriers.
  • Child Soldier: Before coming to Earth.
  • Fantastic Racism: A target of this trope from Majesdaneans after Skrulls destroy their homeworld. One calls their relationship with Karolina "perverted" (because it's interspecies).
  • Flight: Thanks to possessing Johnny Storm's fire powers.
  • Gender Bender: For her race, changing genders is as simple as changing hairstyle. Well, physically anyway. Their mental self-image took longer to loosen up.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: Starting in volume 3 - before then, Xavin defaulted to male when in Skrull form.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: X admires the Kingpin of all people for keeping New York on a tight leash, despite being a Badass Normal in a city full of superheroes.
  • Invisibility: Thanks to possessing Sue Storm's invisibility powers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: By far the hardest to get along with but always places everyone else's needs above his/her own.
  • Just a Machine: The way Xavin treats Victor ranges from unthinkingly calling him the 'house android' to being an outright Jerkass (particularly in the Civil War crossover). However, in later issues they seem to be getting along decently enough. In Secret Invasion, Xavin even begs Victor to protect the others and run away before the other Skrulls can get them.
  • Love Martyr: To Karolina, despite their relationship being rather loving and healthy, this may be due to the fact that Karolina is one of the few good things in her life.
  • Playing with Fire: Again, Johnny Storm's powers.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Played with. Taking down a giant monster is gratifying, but full-scale war is a horror to be avoided at all costs.
  • Rubber Man: Thanks to possessing Reed Richard's powers.
  • Shapeshifting: He can change forms at will. At one point, he transforms into Karolina to take her punishment.
  • Superpower Lottery: Xavin possesses the shapeshifting ability that all Skrulls have as well as the powers of the Fantastic Four, which the Skrulls obtained through genetic engineering. The only drawback is that s/he has trouble using multiple abilities at once due to his lack of training.
  • Super Strength: Comes from Ben Grimm's powers.
  • Transgender Fetishization: Specifically created to act as a romantic/sexual partner for a lesbian character. Otherwise, considered very attractive in their natural form.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Xavin is a Skrull, their default human form is black, and they're a transgender/genderqueer (?) in a lesbian relationship.

Klara Prast

"I have always just...I thought that was how plants grew. Because you asked them to. On our farm in Bern, I would speak and the crops would listen. But the roses...the roses would speak back."

A young immigrant girl from 1907 with the ability to control plants whom the team encountered when they had been flung back in time. When Karolina and Molly learned about the abuse she suffered at the hands of the (adult) man her parents had married her to, they convinced her to come back to the present with them. She is close with Molly, being the two youngest runaways, but her unfamiliarity with the present and her own abusive history make their relationship vastly different from "normal" friendship.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: She has a great deal of difficulty socializing and can be prone to weird moods. Whether this is the result of the abuse she suffered or if there's some other factor at work is unrevealed. Avengers Academy hinted that she may have PTSD.
  • Ambiguously Human: There have been many theories as to the source of Klara's powers, ranging from mutation to some sort of connection to the gods. One of Marvel's handbooks listed her as a mutant, but it's never been stated in any of her appearances that this is the case.
  • Abusive Parents: They thought her power was unnatural and were happy to arrange a marriage for her (even if her husband was old enough to be her father).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She's normally a sweet girl, but if you make her cry or threaten her, she (or at least her plant friends) will mess you up.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Mostly averted during the series' third volume. The only indications that she is from another time are her old-fashioned views of homosexuality, interracial relations (it's not clear whether she was more squicked by Xavin (in female human form) and Karolina kissing because they were both girls or because one of them was black) and the occasional mention of her husband. She adapts pretty quickly to most of the modern world and enjoys playing Wii.
  • Green Thumb: Her powers allows her to control plants.
  • Punny Name: Klara Plast = Chloroplast.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She was born in the late nineteenth century, but arrived in the modern day via time travel, which technically makes her the oldest Runaway.

     The Pride 
The Pride is made up of six married couples who are the parents of the six original "runaways." In The '80s, they were chosen by a trio of giants called the Gibborim to form the Pride. The Pride would sacrifice young innocents and feed their souls to the Gibborim, who would use the power gained to purge Earth of all humanity. In return, the Gibborim gave them twenty-five years of wealth and power and promised six members of the group a place in the new "paradise" that Earth would become. The other six would perish along with the rest of humanity. When Janet Stein got pregnant, she and her husband decided to donate their seat in the Gibborim's new paradise to their child. Each of the other couples in the Pride then chose to have one child each and give them their spots in the Gibborim's paradise rather than worry about possibly living forever separated from their spouses. The group's past and future are contained in a coded book called "The Abstract."
  • Archnemesis Dad & Evil Matriarch: They think they're doing what's best for their kids. With one exception the kids beg to differ, and view The Pride's members as this.
  • Battle Couple: Each member of The Pride is married to one of the others, and all of them can fight.
  • Cosmopolitan Council: They're come from a variety of backgrounds.
    • The Wilders are the Badass Normal organized crime types.
    • The Minorus are magic users.
    • The Yorkes are time travelers.
    • The Deans are aliens.
    • The Steins are Mad Scientist types.
    • The Hayes are mutants.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: They know very well how to stay under radar in place like the Marvel Universe. Hell, the fact they know it's worth staying under the radar qualifies on itself.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The members of The Pride are all Happily Married, and each couple loves their particular child. Katherine Wilder also mentions wanting to save her mother from the Gibborim.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: They kept their activities a secret from their kids.
  • Family Values Villain: Although those particular values may differ (i.e. the Deans are liberal and the Yorkes conservative and all of them vary in strictness), they all frequently express typical parental attitudes in between being ruthless supervillains.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: With the possible exception of the Deans it seems none of them were originally anywhere near the threat level they became after striking a deal with Gibborim.
  • Happily Married: All of them.
  • Kill All Humans: Their overall plan.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Everything they do is for the sake of their children.
  • The Psycho Rangers: Each couple is in one way or another evil reflection of their respective child. And their only appearance in books other than Runaways (an Iron Man storyline set in the past) had them serve as this for the Avengers Illuminati.
  • Start of Darkness: Issue #13 of vol.1 describes their origin as a group.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: All of them.
  • West Coast Team: A big part of the premise is that they are set up in an area where there is no real superhero presence, because as far as anyone knows, there are no supervillains set up there—the Pride are much better at keeping their activities secret than anyone else in the Marvel Universe.

Geoffrey and Katherine Wilder ("The Thieves")

"I know you think I'm a monster, Alex, but someday you'll understand that everything I did was done out of love."

The parents of Alex. They are two mob bosses whose organized crime syndicate controls all of Los Angeles and, apparently, California. Though they are killed during the Rite of Thunder, several of Alex's online friends accidentally transport the 1980's version of Geoffrey to the present in a failed attempt to save Alex. He convinces them that the Pride was made up of heroes and tries to sacrifice Nico to the Gibborim in exchange for resurrecting his wife and son and creating a new Pride. He is defeated and, with his memory wiped, returned to the eighties.

Dale and Stacey Yorkes ("The Travelers")

"The future is still ours."

The parents of Gert. They were recruited by the Gibborim when their time machine broke down in The '80s, which they consider the worst decade of the millennium. At some point in their travels, they went to the 87th century and created a deinonychus who they would psychically link to their daughter Gert. They are killed during the Rite of Thunder with the rest of the Pride, but their past selves appear when the Runaways accidentally time travel back to 1907, where they lead a gang of superpowered criminals called the Sinners, who begin a war with a group of superheroes called the Upward Path. When they learn of Gert's future death, they desperately try to return to the 21st century. Nico, in retaliation for the war they caused, casts a spell on them that prevents them from acting on their new knowledge. They wield various weapons from different time periods including a samurai battle axe (from an "alternate past"), an ornate musket, and a glove that bursts into flames.

Frank and Leslie Dean ("The Colonists")

"We're heroes! We've dedicated our lives to making this world a better place for those kids!"

The parents of Karolina. They are extraterrestrials from the planet Majesdane, who were exiled to Earth for unspecified criminal activity. They took their new surname from actor James Dean and became Hollywood actors. When Karolina was born, they made her wear a med-alert bracelet at all times, which in actuality suppressed her Majesdanean form and made her appear human. At some point before the events of the series, the Deans fended off a Skrull invasion of Earth by giving them the coordinates to the planet Majesdane and arranging a marriage between their daughter and Skrull prince/princess Xavin, who they hoped would die before he/she could take their offer. They conspired with the Hayeses to murder the human members of the Pride, hoping to secure the six seats in the Gibborim's paradise for themselves and their children. They believed that the Gibborim, hating humans for their role in ruining the Earth, would favor aliens and mutants. However, later dialogue shows that the Gibborim detest aliens, who they consider invasive creatures.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Nico said Leslie has more shoes than a season of Cribs put together.
  • Arms Dealer: Frank is in negotiations to buy Skrullish weapons when he gets the call about Karolina.
  • Arranged Marriage: They set up K and Xavin's in the process of selling out their home planet.
  • Blondes Are Evil: Leslie
  • Broken Pedestal: Karolina seems to have the hardest time coming to grips with her parents being evil, because that's just not how they presented themselves. When Alex reads them the Abstract, describing how their parents agreed to donate their places in the Gibborim's paradise to their children, Karolina's parents are among the few who are totally against the idea. The only reason Leslie agrees to try for a baby is because it might get her on the cover of People magazine. When the scene cuts back to the kids in the Hostel, Karolina is just muttering "...the cover of People?" in hurt surprise.
  • Expy: Of General Zod and Ursa of Superman- they are criminals from another planet who have sun-powered abilities on Earth, and Alex even starts to compare Karolina's bracelet to kryptonite before being cut off.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards humans.
  • Granola Girl / Soapbox Sadie: Part of their personas.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Compared to his wife, Frank is more paranoid and angry,tending to flip out and point fingers when things start to go wrong.
  • Hitler Ate Sugar: When Karolina insists her parents don't eat meat, and thus cannot be evil, Gert's response is "Neither did Hitler."
  • Human Aliens: As are all Majesdanians.
  • Master Actor: Besides being their day jobs, the Deans present themselves as happy-go-lucky Hollywood hippies. They're actually a lot more psychotic.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside form the Hayes) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
  • Psycho for Hire: To the Gibborim.
    "But what's in it for us? Beyond the usual entertainment value of wasting Earthlings of course?"
  • Satellite Character: Frank, who gets little characterization compared to his wife.
  • The Starscream: To Geoffrey
  • Stepford Smiler: Both but especially Leslie. They're Brady Bunch on the outside and homicidal on the inside.

Victor and Janet Stein ("The Wise Men")

"My son and I have had our differences, but I love Chase more than life itself. Literally."

A pair of scientists who supposedly invented a tool to easily remove the plastic wrap from CDs. In fact, they are the Pride's main scientists and have created x-ray goggles, weaponized gauntlets called the Fistigons, rocket boots that Chase dubbed the "Footstigons," and several transport ships called Leapfrogs. Victor often beats his son for reasons such as bad grades. Despite this, he claims to truly love Chase and wants him to get a place in the Gibborim's post-apocalyptic paradise. He has also been shown hitting his wife. He has a brother named Hunter, with whom he has an antagonistic relationship over his criminal activity.
  • Abusive Dad: Victor
  • Blond Guys Are Evil: Victor
  • Brainy Brunette: Janet
  • Destructive Romance: They refuse immortality if it means living without each other, but throw things at each other when arguments get bad.
  • Domestic Abuser: Victor (though to what extent we don't know)
  • Evil Genius: For The Pride as a whole.
  • Evil Twin: He may be this to his brother Hunter
  • Gadgeteer Genius: They're Mad Scientists
  • Glurge Addict: Chase's mom seems to like cute things. When Mrs. Yorkes commented on how whimsical the Leapfrog's design was, Victor says "Blame Janet" All their other ships also resembled cutesy sort of frogs.
  • Goggles Do Nothing: They've created X-Ray specs before, but the ones they're wearing don't seem to do much.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Victor
  • Hand Blast: Victor fires a laser from his watch.
  • Inventor of the Mundane: This is given as a reason why the Stein's are wealthy enough to hang out with families of other characters, whose parents are doctors, businessmen and famous actors, among others. Subverted because it's a lie - Chase's parents, just like those of other kids, are actually supervillains in control of entire West Coast criminal underground.
  • Mad Scientist: Inventors of various devices like X-ray goggles, the Fistigons and rocket boots.
  • Meaningful Name: Victor Stein's name is likely inspired by Victor Frankenstein.
  • Nerd Glasses: Victor
  • Perma Stubble: Victor
  • Satellite Character: Janet is far less prominent than Victor and receives little characterization.
  • Sticky Situation: Janet's gauntlets fire glue, as Alex unfortunately discovers.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Janet's fire glue. Then there's the Fistigons, which they invented, which are a Power Fist that enables chase to turn himself into a walking flamethrower.
  • Troubled Abuser: Victor, who is prone to taking out his anger on his son, yet is also prepared to die for him.
  • Unusual Weapon Mounting: Victor has Frickin' Laser Beams in his watch.
  • Villainous Friendship: All the members of The Pride at least pretend to be friends, but Victor Stein and Geoffrey Wilder genuinely seem to enjoy one another's company.

Gene and Alice Hayes ("The Outcasts")

"Yes, to the parents of the year."

A pair of telepathic mutants who are doctors by profession. They had originally thought that Molly was not a mutant. They both have a sadistic side, once telepathically forcing a rival gang leader to watch as they butchered his crew. They conspired with the Deans to murder the human members of the Pride, hoping to secure the six seats in the Gibborim's paradise for themselves and their kids.
  • Meaningful Name: A mutant named Gene?
  • Mutant: Their powers come from the mutant X-gene like the X-Men.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Their intent to betray the rest of the Pride (aside form the Deans) is what inspires Alex to found the Runaways in an effort to stop them, which ultimately leads to the thwarting of the Gibborim's plan in its entirety.
  • Psychic Powers: They're telepaths.
  • Religious Bruiser: Perhaps not as religious as the Minorus, but they know enough to quote Proverbs, and their daughter is always asking if people go to Heaven.
  • The Starscream: To Mr. Wilder
  • Superhero Speciation: Not within the Pride (they would fall under the "pairs with the same power" clause, like the other couples), but among mutants. Gene says that it's very rare for two mutants to have the exact same mutation, "my own pureblood union notwithstanding." Interestingly, Molly doesn't show signs of having their exact mutation: Gene and Alice have telepathy while Molly has super-strength, but all three are characterized by a reddish-pink glow from their eyes when their mutation is in use.
  • Villain Team-Up: Averted. Apparently they were once offered place in Hellfire Club but refused.

Robert and Tina Minoru ("The Magicians")

"Faith is a complicated thing, sweetie."

A pair of dark magicians who are abducted by the Gibborim on their wedding day. Tina wields the Staff of One, which is taken by Nico. Robert is usually seen reading a spellbook when casting magic. According to the Witchbreaker, Robert fought something called his "Grimshape" by the time he was Nico's age. The Minorus were somehow acquainted with a Monk Theppie, a.k.a. "Mother," a male magician who worked for the California Witchcraft Community and coveted the Staff of One.
  • Boom Stick: Tina wielded the Staff of One before Nico stole it.
  • Combination Attack: strangely enough, every spell they cast is this.
  • Ethnic Magician: Averted. Though the Minorus are Japanese, their powers are not derived from Japanese culture.
  • Evil Sorcerer: They're sorcerers, and part of a supervillain group that wants to extreminate humanity.
  • Religious Bruiser: Both are very Catholic.
  • Satellite Character: Neither of them gets a lot of characterization when compared to the other members of The Pride. We know they pretended to be fairly religious, and that was about it.
  • So Proud of You: Tina's reaction to finding out kids have killed a vampire.
  • Spell Book: Robert's Weapon of Choice
  • Token Good Teammate: Good is a relative word with The Pride, but Robert is shown to have more hesitation about planetary genocide than his fellow members, and he and Tina are the only ones shown actively helping the kids escape when The Gibborim declares Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.

The "New Pride"

A group formed by the Geoffrey Wilder from The '80s and several of Alex's friends from an online MMORPG. Geoffrey is brought to the present when Alex's friends attempt to transport him from the moment before he died into the present. Geoffrey convinces them that the original Pride was made up of heroes and that the runaways likely killed Alex. They are armed with gadgets and magic talismans left behind by the original Pride.
  • Stretch: An overweight boy who lives with his grandmother and role-plays as scantily clad superheroines. He wielded a sword made out of the same metal as Karolina's bracelet, allowing him to cut through her force-fields.
  • Hunter: A boy with overgrown hair. He is a technological expert who was able to briefly hack into both Victor and Leapfrog.
  • Lotus: A girl who often dresses in archaic-style dresses and loves Renaissance fairs. She quickly gets the hang of magic and is later forced by Chase to help him find the Gibborim in hopes of bringing Gert back to life.
  • Oscar: A temp worker who is often fired for playing online RPG's at work. He figures out the decoder ring and partially translates the Abstract. He is accidentally killed when they try to resurrect Alex.

     Minor characters 

The Gibborim

"We are the Gibborim, and we hunger."

The six-toed giants that create the Pride in order to gain sacrificed human souls, regain their power, and eventually purge the Earth of humanity. They are the Half-Human Hybrid descendants of fallen angels. When Molly Hayes frees a sacrificed soul and stops the Rite of Thunder, the Gibborim turn against the Pride, killing them and Alex. Both 1980's Geoffrey Wilder and Chase Stein later seek their help in resurrecting deceased loved ones for which the cost is one human sacrifice. Wilder tries and fails while Chase tries to sacrifice himself. Unable to gain sufficient human souls, the Gibborim fade from Earth to The Nothing After Death. They run into Alex, who speculates that they, like him, did evil things in the hope that their father would be proud of them.

  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: The Gibborim are surprisingly quick to throw up their hands and declare "screw it" after it all goes up in smoke, opting to kill their servants with the power they gave them.

Cloak & Dagger

A pair of superheroes who gained their powers after being forcibly given drugs. Like the main characters, they were once teenage runaways and avoid the Adults Are Useless theme that pervades the series. Cloak has a mystical cloak that allows him to draw others into a hellish dark dimension. He can also teleport himself and others through the dark dimension and become intangible. He has a hunger for light that he gets either from Dagger or from the people he absorbs. Dagger has the power to generate blades of light that can, according to Nico, show you your sins. Cloak and Dagger are enlisted by Lt. Flores, a Pride agent in the NYPD, to find his bosses' children. Realizing who the Runaways' parents are, Cloak and Dagger promise to bring the Avengers to LA, but are captured by the Pride and have their memories telepathically wiped.

Later on, Cloak is accused of trying to kill his partner Dagger. While being pursued by the Avengers, Cloak is hit on the head and regains his memory. He seeks out the Runaways and asks them to investigate the attack on Dagger, claiming that he was framed. Dagger's attacker turns out to have been a Stalker with a Crush who used Mutant Growth Hormone combined with the drug that gave Cloak his powers to impersonate him.


A teenager who is on a crime spree with a pair of adults. The Runaways meet him when they foil their attempt to rob a convenience store. Topher tells them that the two adults are his parents who were in a Freak Lab Accident, gaining superpowers and going insane. His parents then forced him to join in their crime spree. The truth is that Topher is a vampire and his "parents" are actually two vampires he transformed himself. He is killed when he tries to drink Karolina's blood, not realizing that her alien blood has properties similar to sunlight. The other two vampires are destroyed by the Pride after interrogating them for the location of their children.

Lt. Flores

A lieutenant in the LAPD. He is also a minion of the Pride, which does not seem to be a secret within the LAPD. He enlists the superheroes Cloak and Dagger to help find the Pride's children, which displeases them. He later tracks the Runaways to the first Hostel and is buried when Nico collapses the cave on top of them. He is pulled out of the rubble by his fellow officers but executed by Geoffrey Wilder.


The infamous Killer Robot, archnemesis of the Avengers, and Victor Mancha's creator.

  • Big "NO!": Utters one when Darkhawk destroyed him.
  • Blatant Lies: While narrating his backstory, he mentions that he offered nothing but loyaltly and love for his creator until he betrayed him for no reason. Anybody who knows about Ultron beforehand knows that this is a HUGE lie.
  • The Dreaded: The Runaways know that they have no chance against a foe that A-List heroes are scared of.
  • Killer Robot: His most defining trait.
  • You Have Failed Me: Executes Marianella for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His retelling of his own backstory is distorted to make him look more sympathetic and Pym and the Avengers more villanous.

Marianella Mancha

Victor's mother.

  • Deal with the Devil: She helped Ultron to rebuild his body in exchange for a child. What Ultron didn't tell her is that he planned to use said child to destroy the Avengers from the inside (though at that point she didn't know about Ultron's true nature). At some point she quotes this trope verbatim.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Courtesy of being Mexican.
  • Killed Off for Real: Ultron kills her for failing to keep their son's origins a secret.
  • The Plot Reaper: If Victor was to join the Runaways,she has to taken out of the picture somehow.

The Upward Path

Lillie: "They ain't the Sinners, but neither are they saints. Us as has to make a living have run afoul of them — and not all come out alive."

A group of superheroes from 1907. Their methods cause some in-universe Values Dissonance with the main characters. They use torture as well as allow civilians to join them in combat, two things most superheroes in the 21st century do not do.

  • The Adjudicator: A religious, gun-wielding superhero whose appearance is likely inspired by The Punisher.
    "I fight to end this injustice."
  • Black Maria: A superheroine with a nun-inspired costume. The nature of her power is unknown but involves her touching the heads of her victims, causing a halo-like light to shine around them. A similar halo also appears around her own head.
  • The Difference Engine: A superhero who is either a robot or a man in Powered Armor. He can fire explosive shells from arm-mounted cannons and contains an advanced (for the time period) computer. His primary weakness is water.
    "Magic is a thing of the past. I'm the Difference Engine. I'm the future."
  • Nightstick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He is often relied upon to control his hot-tempered partner, Daystick.
  • Daystick: A superhero with a police-inspired uniform. He plays the Bad Cop to Nightstick's Good Cop (or Slightly-More-Levelheaded Cop).
    (To Nico): "Don't ye be callin' us [Sinners], chink! We's the Upward Path, the city's protectors, and we'll kick you all the way back to Mott Street with the other burny blowers!"
  • The Witchbreaker: A magician with a miko-inspired costume. She tortures witches, aiming to bring out their true potential. She is Nico's great-grandmother. She also appears to have some knowledge of the future concerning her descendants.
    ''"Every generation weakens. Until the world turns on them, as it will on yours."

  • Ethnic Magician: Witchbreaker's costume is based on that of a Miko.
  • Expy: Adjudicator is one of the Punisher.
  • Nuns Are Spooky: Black Maria is drawn as very dark and shadowy. She also rarely speaks.
  • Oh My Gods!/Thank the Maker: Difference Engine's "For Babbage's sake..."
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Daystick is a superhero but he's very racist as shown in the above quote.
  • The Quiet One: Nightstick has no spoken lines.
  • Rabid Cop: Daystick loses his temper at Nico without provocation and dresses like a policeman.
  • Steam Punk: The Difference Engine is a robot modeled after one of the world's earliest computers.
  • Tough Love: Witchvbreaker is concerned about her descendant's success.
  • Training from Hell: Witchbreaker's preferred method of training Nico.
    "The more pain you learn to take..."

The Sinners

"And their group is called the Sinners because they're solid citizens, right?"

A criminal gang of Wonders (people with superpowers) led by Gertrude's parents. They travel on a luxurious train called the Mineola. They are the main enemies of the Upward Path.

  • Maneater: A cannibalistic giant with a jaw so strong that punching it hurt Xavin's Thing-like fist. Nico defeats him by magically turning him into a vegan.
  • Kid Twist: A marksman with two revolvers.
    "Kid Twist has never missed."
  • Forget-Me-Not: A beautiful, centuries-old woman who can use her scent to cause men to fall in love with her and fight over her. She is usually seen lounging on a couch or bed, almost never standing upright.
    "Men have fought over me for centuries...it's very dull."
  • Morphine: A chemist who fights by throwing syringes. It is unclear if he has any superpowers or if he is simply a brilliant scientist.
  • Goldbrick: A muscular man with gold-colored skin.
  • Ratdog/Ratbag: A large, half-man, half-rat creature. Called "Ratdog" in "Dead End Kids" but called "Ratbag" in the Secret Invasion tie-in.
  • Daphne: A woman whose elbows branch off into three forearms each. They are apparently very strong. She is only named in the index for the Runaways/ Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.

  • Always Accurate Attack: Kid Twist can hit any target he's seen and his bullets follow their victims like heat-seeking missiles.
  • Deadly Doctor: Morphine is one.
  • The Dragon: Maneater is one to the Yorkes
  • I'm a Humanitarian: About a minute after meeting Chase, Maneater decides it's a good thing he skipped lunch.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: Forget-Me-Not uses her scent to make men fall insanely in love with her and fight over her.
  • Love Is in the Air: Forget-Me-Not's powers induce jealous, violent love.
  • Mage Marksman: Kid Twist's bullets can hit any target he's laid eyes on, no matter how improbable.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Forget-Me-Not claims that men have fought over her for centuries.
  • Reluctant Warrior: Morphine claims to hate fighting.
  • Super Strength: Maneater has this.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: Forget-Me-Not seems especially attracted to the Adjudicator.

The Street Arabs

A group of superpowered "Wonders" who live on the streets. They remain neutral between the Sinners and the Upward Path but have done jobs for both sides.

  • Eddie Gunnam/The Swell: The leader of the Street Arabs. An otherwise ordinary man who obtains an enchanted walking stick that brings him good luck. He pried the stick from the hand of a dead man who had been struck by lightning five times. The stick was destroyed when it blocked a bullet from Kid Twist that otherwise would have killed Eddie.
    "No more scroungers' work for Eddie Gunnam; not with a' power of this."
  • Lillie McGurty/Spieler: A young girl who is able to fly if she hears music, even if that music is in her own head. She falls in love with Victor, who begs her to come with them in the future. She refuses, afraid, and her regretful future self in the 21st century arranges to have the Runaways transported back in time, setting in motion the whole Dead End Kids arc.
    "Regret? It is my meat and drink. My air, my everything. The faces fade, the names get jumbled, but regret...regret never ages."
  • Tristan: A man with incredible strength fitted with mechanical wings. He is in love with Lillie, but she puts him firmly in the friend zone. He is badly scarred while stopping a bomb planted by the Yorkes. He remains with the future Lillie in the 21st century, giving her message to Victor right before the Runaways go back in time.
    (To Victor): "I'll kill you before I let you take [Lillie] from me!"
  • Creeper: A tiny man with a close bond to Hoyden. He often rides on her shoulder. He is killed by Kid Twist.
    "I say what Hoyden said, mainly because she said it."
  • Dead George Pelham: A brain-eating zombie. He is impervious to most kinds of physical harm.
    (To Kid Twist):"I'm partial to brains myself. But you just emptied your gun into a dead man so I doubt this'll be much of a meal."
  • Megan the Hoyden: A tomboyish young girl whose power is super speed. She is killed by Kid Twist.
    Creeper: "This coming from the girl that put six bulls in the hospital for callin' her a tom."
  • Yellow Kid: The "most notorious" member of the Street Arabs. He is seen generating blasts of yellow light during a fight, though it is unclear what they do. His profile in the Runaway's Secret Invasion tie-in says that his thoughts generate words on his shirt and that he was seen in a Manhattan bar nearly a century after "Dead End Kids." A Shout-Out to the very first comic strip character.
    (On his shirt) "Eat dis ya bums!"
  • Jacob: A fiddler who lives with the Street Arabs. He plays to allow Lillie to fly. He has no known powers though the appendix of the Secret Invasion issue says his music has "unique qualities."
  • Professor Duck: A Chinese scientist who crafted Tristan's mechanical wings. He is not a Street Arab but is liked and respected by them. It is unclear if he has any powers but he was able to recognize a time travel device from the future.

  • Big Bad Slippage: Tristan and Lillie were affected a gang war, so the spent a century trying to develop Time Travel to undo the damage, ironically leading to them causing the gang war in the first place by sending the Runaways back in time.
  • Fiery Redhead: Lillie
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Victor and Lillie
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Creeper's power is apparently being very, very small. He is probably like that permanently as he has never been shown at any other size.
  • Just Friends: Lillie's view of her and Tristan's relationship. Tristan has a different view.
  • Love Martyr: Tristan is obsessively loyal to Lillie in the hopes that she will return his affection.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Tristan nearly kills Victor after realizing that there's something going on between him and Lillie, but stops when they discover a bomb waiting to kill everyone.
  • Not Using the Z Word: Dead George is very obviously a zombie, but no one ever calls him that.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Dead George is (obviously) stated to be "dead", looks rather emaciated, and has a liking for brains, but otherwise he seems completely normal.
  • Public Domain Character: The Yellow Kid, who is widely considered to be the first comic strip character.
  • The Slow Path: After Lillie turned down Victor's offer to join her in the future, she spent the next 100 years trying to figure out a way to send him back in time.
  • Smug Snake: Eddie greatly overestimated his value to the Sinners, and both he and his entire group paid dearly for it.

Majesdanean soldiers

A group of four Majesdanean soldiers who travel to Earth to capture Karolina Dean, intending to punish her for her parents' role in the Skrulls' invasion and destruction of planet Majesdane. To avoid further bloodshed, Karolina decides to surrender to them but Xavin shapeshifts into her and goes in her place.

  • vaDanti: A former university student from Majesdane. VaDanti was off Majesdane visiting his sister deHalle when the planet was destroyed by the Skrulls. Though not a proper soldier, he joins the group searching for Karolina Dean. He is taken prisoner by the Runaways where he explains who they are and why they want to capture Karolina.
  • deHalle: vaDanti's sister and a sergeant in the Light Brigade, an elite Majesdanean military unit.
  • vaRikk: A lieutenant in the Light Brigade and the group's pilot and navigator. He is also deHalle's ex-boyfriend and it seems that their breakup was less than amicable.
  • vaDrann: The leader of the Majesdaneans hunting for Karolina. He is named only in the index of the Runaways / Young Avengers Secret Invasion crossover.

  • Aliens Speaking English: Even when conversing with each other they speak English, suggesting that the Majesdaneans have no language of their own.
  • Anti-Villain: Aside from wanting to punish Karolina over something that wasn't her fault, these guys really aren't very evil. They show concern when innocent bystanders get too close to their battle and actually help the runaways get them to safety. And one of them asks their prisoner "Karolina" (actually Xavin in disguise) if she's comfortable.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: vaDrann says this about Karolina ( actually Xavin) when they finally meet face-to-face to discuss her surrender.
  • Fantastic Racism: Towards Skrulls.
  • Human Aliens
  • Oh My Gods!: Majesdaneans seem to worship the sun. They use expressions such as "What the sun?" and "I swear by the sun."
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Their motive for hunting Karolina is that her parents started the war. She had no control over any of it, and even agreed to give up her life on Earth to stop it, but they don't care. Their planet has been destroyed, their species is almost extinct, and they need someone to blame, however warped the logic.

Pusher Man & Bo
Heh, I like the way you roll, little man. Reminds me of me when I was your age.

Drug dealer and his right hand, Chase and Nico go to them to find man who bought darkforce-empowering drungs and used them to frame Cloak into assaulting Dagger.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: After Chase convinced him they work for the Pride, Pusher Man thought that with friends like these he has a chance in big league of New York crime scene. Kingpin proved him wrong.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Through it happened offscreen, Kingpin's describtion paints Pusher Man's demise as very unpleasant.
  • Evil Counterpart: Chase and Nico if they were drug dealers.
  • Not So Different: As they both point out, Chase and Nico reminds them of younger versions of themselves. Only while Pusher Man takes liking to Chase for that reason, Bo doesn't.